The Problematic Academic

Inaccessibility in academia – particularly regarding the topics of inclusion and bias towards appropriate language – thrives malignantly throughout the disciplines, having little discretion in regards to subject, age,, or background of the individuals involved. Even in philosophy, a subject that deals primarily with how we know and communicate what we know, we find a hierarchy of privilege of “those who get it” and “those who do not.” It is a contest of creating artificial hurdles, in which the “proper academic” – those individuals who know and can recall the proper names for philosophies and the philosophers who promote them, … Continue reading The Problematic Academic

The University of Chicago’s Incoming Freshman Letter is a Trigger Warning for Willful Ignorance and Dishonesty

The University of Chicago has demonstrated that, as an institution, it is unaware of the actual purpose of trigger warnings and has no desire to actually do the research required to find out their true purpose. As an academic, I find the concept of an entire institution publicly demonstrating their own ignorance and willfulness to continue existing in a state of that ignorance to be absolutely appalling. My sympathies are extended towards the incoming class of 2020 who received the letter announcing this policy. For the purpose of educating this class and any other people who may be interested in … Continue reading The University of Chicago’s Incoming Freshman Letter is a Trigger Warning for Willful Ignorance and Dishonesty

“I’m Gay, for You”: The Status of Queerness as Identity and Attraction to Transgender People

When discussing queerness in relation to loving or being attracted to transgender people, several realities must be acknowledged as to the lived realities of transgender people. The first prominent point, and perhaps the most important for any discussion regarding transgender identities, is that transgender people as a group are composed of a wide variety of identities and physiologies. Even when the element of individual human variability is ignored, transition is not a straightforward shot towards an idealized, binary body. Instead, it should be the practice of an individual reclaiming ownership of their own body, modifying elements of that body in … Continue reading “I’m Gay, for You”: The Status of Queerness as Identity and Attraction to Transgender People

Transitioning as Body Modification: An Argument Against Medical Gatekeeping

Medical gatekeeping – the practice of denying medical treatment to individuals based on a set of criteria that differs based on their ascribed identities – is a practice that physically transitioning transgender individuals are far too familiar with. Although the … Continue reading Transitioning as Body Modification: An Argument Against Medical Gatekeeping

Anti-Intellectualism and Personal Growth

Anti-intellectualism is a mentality that has spread virulently among the Republican right recently, although it is not exclusive to the right. We see evidence of this in regards to “outsider politics,” in which politicians claim that they are in fact more qualified than their opponents because of the fact that they are not politicians. The value of an outsider politician, or more generally, an “anti-intellectual,” is derived from a false sense of independence from outside influence. If someone is not educated from an outside source, they are not influenced by an outside source. However, the origin of all knowledge comes … Continue reading Anti-Intellectualism and Personal Growth